Medical Director

Dr. Stephen R. Hinderer, M.D., M.S., P.T.

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Dr. Hinderer completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1986.   He pursued a research fellowship at UW for one year following his residency leading to a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Medicine. He has held faculty positions at the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He has participated at federally funded model systems of care for spinal cord injury at all three of these medical training centers and has been funded by NIH for spinal cord injury research.

Dr. Hinderer initiated his commitment to recovery based technologies for spinal cord injury beginning in 2002 in the course of working with Erica Nader and the Nader family on their focus to facilitate her recovery from a cervical spinal cord injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident in 2001. The partnership between Dr. Hinderer and the Nader Family has led to the implementation of several innovative approaches to recovery from spinal cord injury including:

  • Participation in a clinical trial of olfactory mucosa autograft tissue transplantation surgery with Carlos Lima, MD and colleagues at the Hospital Egaz Moniz in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Use of high frequency pulsed magnetic waves (Diapulse) to decrease inflammation and enhance blood flow to the injured part of the spinal cord as well as treat pressure ulcers and musculoskeletal injuries that interfere with the recovery process
  • Dynamic coordination therapy (GigerMD) to facilitate motor control, muscle extensibility and sensory feedback in parts of the body affected by the spinal cord injury
  • Focal application of functional electrical stimulation (Bioness) to enhance and refine timed contraction of key muscle groups during the performance of functional activities
  • Facilitation of proprioceptive sensory input utilizing a vibration platform (Wave) to enhance postural control, control spasticity and potentially stimulate bone mineralization
  • Dietary supplementation to improve lean body muscle mass, weight control and bone density
  • Intensive activity-based physical training with an emphasis on full weight bearing in multiple positions to help induce neuroplastic reorganization of the spinal cord and brain toward recovery of lost functional abilities

Future areas of interest and emphasis for Dr. Hinderer include:

  • Ongoing refinement of recovery training methods and modalities along with implementation of applicable innovative new technologies which become available to continue to evolve best practices for recovery from spinal cord injury
  • Standardized outcomes data collection for collaborative participation of Walk The Line to SCI Recovery in clinical trials of new medical and surgical treatment methods for recovery from spinal cord injury